Federal Emergency Management Agency: Better known as FEMA, an agency of the US government dedicated to rapid response to disasters, both man-made and natural ones (such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes). FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and governments to rebuild homes, businesses, and public facilities; trains firefighters and emergency medical professionals; and funds emergency planning throughout the US.
FEMA was created in 1979 through an executive order of President Jimmy Carter to organize into a single agency emergency management programs spread throughout the federal government. Originially an independent agency. FEMA became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
- Fee for service
Fee for service: In health care, a payment mechanism in which a provider is paid for each individual service rendered to a patient.
- Feed contaminant
Feed contaminant: A substance contaminating animal feed. Contaminants in animal feed can threaten human health. There are two classes of feed contaminants. Contaminants that are naturally occurring — This class of feed contaminants is made up of toxic or deleterious substances that are inherent constituents of an animal food and that are not the result […]
Feedback: In order to maintain a stable internal environment, or homeostasis, the body uses negative and positive feedback. In negative feedback, the body works to correct a deviation from a set point, it tries to get back to normal. Examples include body temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and thirst sensation. In positive feedback, the […]
- Felty syndrome
A complication of long-standing rheumatoid arthritis characterized by the presence of 3 conditions — rheumatoid arthritis, an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly), and an abnormally low white blood cell count. The white blood cells that are low are called granulocytes (or neutrophils). Felty syndrome predisposes to infections such as pneumonia or skin infections, because of the low […]
- Felty's syndrome